A title for Kaufusi is the stuff dreams are made of
FELISE Kaufusi has had a year that some NRL players only get to dream of.
Over the last 12 months he won a grand final with the Storm, made his Australian debut at the 2017 World Cup and donned the Queensland jersey for the first time in the 2018 State of Origin series.
It is a remarkable feat for the Bundaberg product, but there is still one dream left to chase to cap off his incredible season. No side has won back-to-back grand finals since Brisbane in the 1992-93 series, making consecutive titles one of the most elusive achievements in the game.
And while Kaufusi is aware of how hard a challenge it is, he knows it could be the highlight of his year.
“There’s been that many highlights, I can’t pick one,” he said. “I was living out my childhood dreams … it’s been massive.
“There was the grand final win, then winning the World Cup and wearing the Queensland jersey for the first time.
“I’d love to win another. Not just for me, but the Melbourne Storm.
“It would be a pretty big feat to do that.”
The 26-year-old workhorse said there was no secret behind his breakout year, except for hard work.
He said he learnt the importance of that from the likes of Cameron Smith and Billy Slater, as well as Cooper Cronk who will be his opponent today.
“Melbourne have given me this opportunity and instilled this hard work ethic in me,” he said.
“Playing with Cooper Cronk, Billy Slater and Cameron Smith, it’s all about working hard and off the back of that you can be rewarded. I’ve been lucky enough to be rewarded with the last 12 months.”
Felise Kaufusi of the Storm. Picture: Getty Images